We have seen how the Abomination’s fulfillment took place in the temple at the time of the Cross but that does not mean there will not be a future AoD. It is needful to have discernment here because some prophetic scriptures have more than one fulfillment, this one being a case in point. It happened in prototype 167 BC, and then with its full face in AD 30. A precursor occurred again in AD 66 and there is good reason to believe the abomination of desolation is about to appear one more time.
My difficulty in presenting this is because a shrill argument exists between Preterists and Futurists and their debate has become so polarized that middle ground tends to get caught in the crossfire. The Preterists quote early church historians who report how, when Judea rebelled against Rome, Christians in Jerusalem escaped the city, AD 66/67, fleeing to a place in the Jordan hills called Pella. They claim it was the complete realisation of Jesus words but their explanation is inadequate because the fulfillment (as Jesus described it) was not complete in the Pella case. Nor did it take place during the seventieth week.
Futurists quote Matthew 24:15-22. “So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel … then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved.” They say it has not happened as of yet and verse 22 seems to bear that out. But to prove their point futurists adopt an unnatural disconnect between the sixty-ninth and seventieth weeks projecting it 2000 years into the future.
My alternative interpretation places the primary fulfillment in the midst of the ‘week’ where it belongs, then takes into account the near/far aspect of prophecy over several fulfillments beginning AD 30. Indeed, the prophecy tells us: “and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate” (Daniel 9:27 KJV) In other words, the abomination would repeat itself! It spanned a period of nearly forty years past the seventieth week, the term ‘overspreading’ (or wing) meaning that, not only was the abomination committed once, but continued for the length of its span. It was referring to the continuation of animal sacrifice in denial of Christ’s “It is finished.”
Dual fulfillment is a biblical concept and this example is referenced in a number of places indicating, not only a 40-year ‘overspeading’ but also a future day when a shocking event will reoccur centering on an ‘antichrist’ and around a blasphemous object standing with him in the temple. (2 Thess. 2:3-4, Mark 13:14, Daniel 11:36) Whether this is a Jewish temple or a ‘politically correct’ world religion is a matter of opinion; it is not the purpose of this article to speculate beyond the basic elements of what the abomination will be. However, four things can be deduced because the prophecy has already happened once, hence a future completion of it will be of the same nature – a reflection, of the original fulfillment.
- Firstly, the abomination has something to do with the place where the temple once stood.
- Secondly, it will involve an alternative method of atonement to the blood of Christ.
- Thirdly, it will culminate in a man claiming to be God and standing where he ought not be.
- Fourthly, it will erupt into severe tribulation which, except for divine intervention, would destroy mankind.
(continued next post)